Guthrie gets first win since opener

BALTIMORE — It had been seven weeks since Jeremy Guthrie won a game.

Not that he has been bad during that frustrating stretch. He just hasn't gotten any run support.

On Saturday, Guthrie pitched seven solid innings to win for the first time since opening day and the Baltimore Orioles backed him with eight runs and 14 hits in an 8-3 win over the Washington Nationals.

"I don't think I've pitched with a lead in over a month," Guthrie said. "To see the team fight back right away — put some runs on the board — put the responsibility back on my shoulders to try to keep the momentum on our side. We were able to do that and then break it open late."

Each of the Orioles had at least one hit. Nolan Reimold had a two-run homer to key a four-run third inning. Baltimore added four runs in the seventh.

Guthrie (2-6) allowed just two unearned runs and hadn't won in his past seven starts. He came in with the poorest run support of any American League starter. The Orioles, who ended a four-game losing streak, hadn't scored while he was on the mound in his previous three starts.

"It's been a crazy season," Guthrie said.

In fact, it's been a crazy week. Guthrie was originally supposed to start Thursday, but Baltimore burned through its entire bullpen in Wednesday's 15-inning loss to the Yankees. Guthrie made an emergency relief appearance in the 15th — bumping his start back two days.

After his stellar opening night, a no-run, three-hit, eight-inning gem at Tampa Bay on April 1, Guthrie was hospitalized with pneumonia and his second start was postponed. He has pitched in hard luck since.

After the 15-inning defeat, the Orioles allowed 30 runs in the previous two games — chewing up the bullpen and forcing the team to make several moves to bolster it.

Manager Buck Showalter was relieved to see Guthrie react well to the delay in his start.

"Any time you take a starting pitcher and change up his routine like we had to with him," Showalter said, "that was somewhat a concern going into it, but he handled it well."

Reimold, recalled Friday from Triple-A Norfolk, hit a two-run home run. Vladimir Guerrero had his seventh straight multihit game, the longest such streak of his career. Matt Wieters had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games on his 25th birthday, and J.J. Hardy broke an 0-for-23 slump with a base hit.

"One through nine put pressure on them," Guthrie said.

He allowed two unearned runs in the third inning when first baseman Brandon Snyder booted a ball that Laynce Nix hit. Guthrie allowed five hits, striking out four and walking one.

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